Mayor Sara Duterte on Thursday said the prohibition on the sale and public consumption of liquor and other intoxicating drinks are still in effect under the general community quarantine (GCQ) within the city.
This after three coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) patients were recorded to have had a history of being involved in drinking sessions.
“Dili (No) [lifting of the liquor ban]. Sorry,” Duterte said in a radio interview. “Naa ta’y tulo ka patient, lahi-lahi nga case, naa silay history nga nakig-inom. So unfortunately, no. (We have three patients, different cases, and they have a history of being involved in drinking sessions. So, unfortunately, no),” Duterte said.
“Mutaas pa gyud na sa GCQ, so impossible ang alak sa karong panahuna. Pero you can always consume it inside your house kung naa pa mo’y nakatago diha (The cases will rise under GCQ, so it’s impossible to allow alcohol during these times. But you can always consume it inside your house if you still have some stored),” she added.
The presidential daughter revealed that bottling company San Miguel Corp. (SMC) appealed for the lifting of the liquor ban due to its adverse effects on their business.
“Nakadawat pud gyud mi og letter from San Miguel, nag hangyo sila kung pwede ba sila mamaligya, and then gi-discuss na namo among tubag, and mao na sya, kung unsa akong gisulti karon, mao na among tubag sa ilaha (We received a letter from San Miguel, asking permission to sell alcoholic drinks, and then we discussed it and our answer is that, whatever it is that I just told you today, that’s my answer to them),” Duterte said.
Despite her decision, Duterte thanked SMC for the relief assistance it donated for residents of the city.
“Nagpasalamat mi kay dako kaayo inyong natabang, daghang manok gi-distribute namo gikan sa San Miguel Corporation, nagpasalamat mi sa ilahang dako nga tabang (We are so grateful for your help, we received poultry products from San Miguel Corporations, which we distributed to the public),” she said. “Unfortunately, our hands are tied.”
Duterte said the public should see the liquor ban as an opportunity to have a healthier lifestyle.
“Huna-hunaa nalang ninyo nga mas maayo na para sa inyong mga liver. Na extend ang inyong mga kinabuhi by two months (Just think that it’s good for your liver. Your life has been extended by two months),” she said. “So instead nga mamatay mo og 80 years old, mamatay mo og 80 years old and two months tungod aning Covid-19. Gi save nila inyong liver (So instead of dying at the age of 80 years old, you will die at the age of 80 years old and two months because of Covid-19. It saves your liver).
She said the lifting of the liquor ban would have been a possibility if only Davaoeños showed restraint and self-discipline in their vices during the liquor ban.
“Okay ra gyud unta to kung nakita nato nga ang mga tao nga compliant sila, naa silay self-discipline. Available ang alcohol, pero wala man pud sila nakig-inom sa ubang tao, wala sila nakig-tagay (It would have been okay if we saw the people were being compliant and practiced self discipline. The alcohol is available, but they did not have drinking sessions with other people),” Duterte said.
“Unfortunately, naa tay pipila diha sa Agdao nga nag positive, nga ilahang patient history, nakig-inom. (Unfortunately, we have a few cases in Agdao who turned out to be positive and who have had a history of going on drinking sessions),” she added.